homemade apple butter spread on freshly baked bread.
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Gravenstine Apple & Sage ‘Butter’

Homemade apple butter is a great way to preserve apples if you went apple picking and have to many on hand. A rich, creamy spread, apple butter makes a delicious breakfast treat!
Course Condiment
Cuisine French
Keyword apple fruit leather, apple sauce, preserving apples, what do you do with apple butter
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 3 hours
Total Time 3 hours 10 minutes
Servings 3 Liters
Calories 2135.2kcal
Author Chef Markus Mueller


  • 1800 g Gravenstein apples
  • 3 cups brown sugar
  • 1 lemon juiced
  • 1 pinch of cinnamon
  • 2.5 cups water
  • 2 sprigs fresh sage


  • Rough chop the apples(not peeled) and cook them in a pot with 2.5 cups of water until soft. About 12 minutes
  • Mash the soft apples through a sieve, straining out the skins and ending up with a smooth puree like product.
  • Add the lemon juice and spices to the apple puree.
  • Cook the puree for 2 to 2.5 hours at a simmer over low heat until the mixture is thick and will sit on the back of a spoon.
  • Turn of the pot and stir in the the 2 sprigs of fresh sage. Let steep for 10- 15 minutes. Remove the sage sprigs before storing.
  • Can the finished apple butter if desired, or refrigerate in jars. The apple butter may also be frozen for long term storage.